About a month ago, one of the employees in the company where Speedy works was diagnosed with cancer. In December, he noticed a lump below his jaw and, by February, the lump had grown to the size of a child’s fist. A biopsy revealed it was malignant. He’s not an old man. He’s in his 30s.
The scary part was how fast everything happened. Fortunately for him, the diagnosis came while the cancer was still in Stage 2 (Stage 5 is terminal). Surgery was an option and, as far as I have gathered, his chances aren’t all that bad.
I do know that Speedy asked his mother for the address and contact info of her doctor (the herbal medicine practitioner she had been seeing for the past ten years after she underwent mastectomy). At least his officemate would have information that chemotherapy is not the only option.
At around the same time that Speedy was trying to get information from his mother, his sister forwarded an e-mail to him about the supposedly cancer curing qualities of lemongrass — what we mothers-who-cook know as tanglad.
I never saw that e-mail but since it was a forwarded e-mail, I figured it was something someone picked up from the internet and copy pasted as an e-mail. You know how it goes.
I did some searching, learned some legend, but found nothing authoritative to support the claim that lemongrass can cure/prevent cancer.
I did find an article though by one Manolito Montala. An excerpt:
The Lemon grass is a good cleanser that helps to detoxify the Liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract. It cuts down uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion, blood circulation, and lactation; it also alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis. It is said that lemongrass also helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples and acts as a muscle and tissue toner. Also, it can reduce blood pressure. Just make a concoction by boiling some lemon grass leaves, let it cool for a while and drink the liquid.
Mr. Montala cites no authoritative sources for those statements. In fact, he cites no sources at all. If he were an expert on the subject, I wouldn’t ask for any. But, as the page specifically says, Mr. Montala is “a webmaster and one of his interests is collecting local medicinal plants information.”
If the article was a philosophical essay, I wouldn’t ask for any sources either. But Mr. Montala was making some very bold factual statements. What’s his basis?
Mr. Montala is not the point, actually. My point is whether there are really wonder cures out there. Last year, it was the extra virgin coconut oil craze. Tomorrow, who knows?
Personally, I don’t believe in wonder cures. If there were any, no one would spend a sick day.
I believe in living wisely. No deprivations but no excesses either.